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Listen Closely’s Portal City: Americana at Bruce’s Garden

A program of music written by New Yorkers: Wynton Marsalis, Charles Ives, Charles Griffes, Inwood composers Jessie Montgomery and Douglas Townsend, and a brand new string quartet by Inwood composer and violist Eric Lemmon. Eric’s piece is a celebration of our beloved uptown parks: Isham Park, Inwood Hill Park, and Fort Tryon Park! The performances will include some storytelling about the pieces, and will feature a Spanish interpreter.

The program is a diverse collection of string quartet music written in New York City across the past century, featuring three Inwood composers and the world premiere of a new string quartet by Inwood composer Eric Lemmon.

  • String Quartet No. 1 (excerpt) – Charles Ives
  • Strum – Jessie Montgomery
  • Two Sketches Based on Indian Themes – Charles Tomlinson Griffes
  • String Quartet* – Eric Lemmon (*Listen Closely Commission/ World Premiere)
  • Fantasy on All the Pretty Little Horses – Douglas Townsend
  • At the Octoroon Balls (excerpt) – Wynton Marsalis

Katherine Liccardo, violin; Jason Mellow, violin; Rose Hashimoto, viola; James Waldo, cello.

Portal City, part I: AMERICANA is the first installment of a project exploring the music and lives of composers who have made their homes in New York City, with a spotlight on uptown composers and the creation of new, uptown-centric chamber works.

Portal City is made possible with support from the Partnerships for Parks Inwood Parks Grant, made possible by Columbia University, and with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.